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Black student calls out University donor for racist message

PICTURED: Mahoghany Jordan and Edwin Meek (Photo credit: Facebook)

AN IMAGE of two black students posted by the donor of an American university, blaming them for the the decline in enrollment has been caused outrage.

Edwin Meek, 77, the $5.3million donor behind the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss, shared pictures of Mahoghany Jordan and her friend Kiyona Crawford on Wednesday - alluding that their presence has led to a decline in real estate values and a decline in enrollment.

Now Jordan has hit back at Meek, branding his post 'racist' and sexist.

In an open letter in student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, she wrote that neither she nor Crawford had any involvement with the 'fights and scenes' Meek discussed in his post.

"However, somehow for Meek, the blame for the university's enrollment decline and city's decline in property value was easier to associate with two women of colour as opposed to the particular demographic that has been at the forefront of the school's most controversial moments by far.

"The post reeks of racist ideology as well as misogyny and is not representative of who either of us are" she said.


Photo credit: Facebook

Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said Meek's post had an 'unjustified racial overtone.' Meek removed it and apologised 'to those offended.'

According to the Daily Mail the row began after Meek shared photos on Wednesday night of the two black women, dressed up in the town square early Sunday morning following a football game.

"I hesitated until now to publish these pictures but think it is important that our community see what the camera is seeing at 2am after a ballgame,' he wrote in the since deleted post.

"I hear there were 180 police working the weekend but of all the pictures late night, the fights and scenes, I have seen no police presence.

"Enough, Oxford and Ole Miss leaders, get on top of this before it is too late. A three per cent decline in enrollment is nothing compared to what we will see if this continues…and real estate values will plummet as will tax revenue,' he said.

His post immediately was immediately met with criticism, racking up hundreds of comments with Facebook users pointing to his racist tone.

Commenters noted that white women often wear similar outfits as the two black women in his post, but they weren't photographed or criticised, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Since the online backlash, Meek deleted the post and the Meek School of Journalism shared a statement condemning Meek's statements.

"Earlier today, the donor whose name is on our school, Ed Meek, made a post on his personal Facebook account that we find highly offensive. This post is in no way associated with or represents our school, our students or our faculty. We are embarrassed by his actions." the school said.

University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeff Vitter also released a statement. He said: "We all want to ensure a safe, family-friendly environment at the university and in Oxford, and we condemn the tone and content of this social media post. The photos in his post suggest an unjustified racial overtone that is highly offensive and we urge him to withdraw his comment and apologise to anyone offended."

An online petition has also been started, demanding Meek's name to be removed from the Ole Miss School of Journalism.

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